Wedding DIY – Glow Jars


I recently met with a client to discuss and go over her contract for her wedding. As we were talking about her wedding, she mentioned that her reception site does not allow sparklers or lanterns (many trees on premises = possible fire hazard).

I was browsing the internet trying to see if there could be some amazing safe alternative. I stumbled on something called a glow jar. They are pretty easy to make. All you need is a glass jar, glow sticks, and glitter. There are a few variations in the directions (some suggest adding tulle to the jars).

Anyhow, I thought that this was a great DIY wedding project. Whether the guests hold the glow jars, or they flank a walk way, or are apart of centerpieces for a night reception, I thought that these were a beautiful and safe alternative to sparklers and lanterns.

Another alternative is to paper mache a glass jar (as seen in my first photo). These are called glass jar lanterns. I found some instructions online here: The Junk Revival Blog has a lot of great ideas using glass mason jars.

Etsy seller Used & Abused also sells these jars:

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If your site does now allow open flames, I suggest using batter operated candles. They come in so many colors and you don’t have to worry about anyone burning themselves, flames being blown out by the wind, or having to light hundreds of candles!

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For some great step-by-step directions on how to make your own glow jars, please check out The Gold Jelly Bean’s website. hey have some wonderful tutorial photographs!

  • April 19, 2014 - 12:13 am

    moonlake - Enjoyed your site the glow jars are so neat. There are so many places that do not allow open flames. When our daughter was married we couldn’t have candle. We used battery twinkle lights.ReplyCancel

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